The European Commission's monthly survey on Wednesday showed economic sentiment in the 20 countries sharing the euro rose to 93.8 points from a revised 93.5 in October. Economists polled by Reuters had expected an increase to 93.7 points.

Sentiment in services, the biggest sector of the euro zone economy, rose against expectations of a decline, while for industry, sentiment fell against expectations of an increase.

Employment expectations declined due to less optimistic employment plans among service managers. Plans in industry and retail were barely changed and for construction were more optimistic.

Inflation expectations among consumers declined for the second consecutive month, while selling price expectations among manufacturers dropped to a three-year low.

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(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Edited by Benoit Van Overstraeten)